Artisan Roast Coffee is no newcomer, having previously been named Time Out KL’s top coffee pick. Husband and wife team Michael and Amirah have created a rustic space, taking décor inspiration from their family home and London’s Kaffeine. Blending art as well as coffee, the walls feature an ethnic Sarawak Indian pictured demurely sipping espresso among murals by Indonesian street artist Sari Sartje. ARC also exhibits local artists. Proprietor Michael’s stint in Scotland reveals itself in the brunch favorite. Similar to French toast, the hearty treat is coated in rolled oats for satisfyingly crisp results. This makes for perfect recovery food the morning after exploring KL’s nightlife. Ethically minded gastronomes will appreciate the effort Artisan Roast goes to sourcing free-range eggs, which can be difficult to find in Malaysia.
Artisan Roast Coffee, 4 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur +60 3 7733 6397
With stunning panoramic views of KL, including the iconic Petronas Towers, THIRTY8 offers a scenic dining experience with a dramatic sense of space. Adding to the effect are four mixed media works from established Malaysian artist Ahmad Shukri Mohamed’s Diamond Life series. While Tommy Franssila’s kitchen produces superb cuisine every day of the week, the THIRTY8 Sunday Brunch is worth waiting for. The weekly-changing buffet keeps things fresh for regulars. Guests can expect to see fresh prawns and oysters alongside cooked-to-order eggs, freshly baked breads, pastries and desserts. Chefs are on hand serving the week’s Chinese, Japanese and Western specialties straight to the table and discussing the menu with diners. Those looking for an extra dollop of luxury can top it all off with a glass of Veuve Clicquot.
THIRTY8, Level 38, Grand Hyatt, 12 Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur +60 3 2182 1234 extension 2340
Home to Malaysia Barista Champion 2013 Jason Loo, there’s no question that Red Beanbag takes its coffee seriously. But the friendly staff avoid pretensions. Head chef Muhammad Fhaizal proudly serves up creative breakfast dishes that put quality local produce center stage. Lamb Shakshuka is a menu highlight, with sumptuous lamb chunks simmered in a rich tomato stew and served with roti canai. Western fare includes pancakes with maple syrup and baked eggs among other comforting options. Located inside Publika Gallery, the Red Beanbag is situated next to an indoor performance space and features views of the royal palace from its first floor vantage point. Visitors can count on cultural events year-round, including innovative dance, visual arts and literature festivals.
Red Beanbag, A4-1-08, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur +60 3 6211 5116
For those who want a side of adventure with their morning start, it’s hard to go past KL’s vibrant and bustling markets. While Petaling Street is better known to travelers, Imbi Market, formally known as Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang, offers an authentic dining experience and unsurpassed people watching. Adventurous diners reap just rewards for trying something new at Imbi. Experience the incredible variety of Malaysian cuisine, with vendors offering too many local favorites to sample in just one visit: kopitiam, crispy popiah, laksa, congee, wanton, nasi lemak, noodles, egg tarts and more are on offer. After breakfast, drop in to the produce section and gather fresh fruits for an afternoon snack. Imbi Market is slated for relocation, with the surrounding area transitioning into a financial district. Get in before the charm of the original location is lost to development. Open 6:30 a.m. until just after midday Tuesday to Sunday, most hawkers are up and running by 8:30 a.m.
Imbi Market, Pasar Rakyat, 8 Jalan Melati, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur